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I currently have a substantial loan on a running line of credit

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I currently have a substantial loan on a "running line of credit" at a financial institution where my traditional and rollover IRAs are actively managed and are invested in a combination of equites, funds and bond funds. I am a 63 yr. old widow but currently withdraw no money from the IRAs. If this institution decides to stop the line of credit and collect what is now owed them, do they have the right to reach into my IRAs for repayment? If so, would there be any tax consequences to me?
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Please see IRS publication 590 - , page 44

The following are examples of prohibited transactions with a traditional IRA.

---Borrowing money from it.

---Using it as security for a loan.

Thus, funds in your IRA may not be used as a collateral of your loan and may not be garnished by creditors.
See also this article -
In a huge victory for IRA and self-directed IRA owners everywhere, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that IRAs receive Federal Creditor Protection. This means that creditors cannot seize assets in an Individual Retirement Account.
In additional assets in IRS accounts are protected under state laws - specifically for Illinois - see this article with references -

Illinois provides statutory protection for IRA owners against the claims of creditors. Specifically, the Illinois legislature has determined that an Illinois debtor's interest in an IRA should be exempt from judgment.

There are exceptions to the Illinois exclusion from judgment for IRAs. Child support payments are one example.19 Additionally, an annuity created in

settlement of a personal injury claim does not come within the reach of the statute.20 But exceptions are limited and usually dictated by public policy.

So far - your IRA funds may not be attached for failure to pay a loan.


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